Prayer Vigil For Life January 20-21st


MEDIA ADVISORY: Nationwide Prayer Vigil for Life to Take Place from January 20-21
January 14, 2022  

WASHINGTON – Catholics across the country are encouraged to observe a nationwide prayer vigil from Thursday, January 20 to Friday, January 21, 2022, marking the 49th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions legalizing abortion through nine months of pregnancy. Since those decisions, over 62 million abortions have been performed legally in the United States.

Each January, the National Prayer Vigil for Life is hosted by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Pro-Life Secretariat, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., and The Catholic University of America’s Office of Campus Ministry to pray for an end to abortion and a greater respect for all human life.  

Due to pandemic precautions, the on-site January 20-21 Vigil events at the Basilica will be condensed to a shortened evening program. The Vigil is open to the public, but on-site participants will be required to wear masks at all times inside the building.

The Opening Mass will take place from 5:30-7:00 PM on Thursday, January 20. The principal celebrant and homilist for the Opening Mass will be Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities. After the Mass and during the night, holy hours led by bishops from various dioceses around the country will be shared on the USCCB’s website. The vigil concludes at 8:00 AM on Friday, January 21 with the Closing Mass celebrated by Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, OFM, Cap., of Boston.  

The full schedule of the 2022 National Prayer Vigil for Life is listed below. (All times are in Eastern Time.)

Thursday, January 20:
5:15 PM Chaplet of Divine Mercy
5:30 PM Opening Mass with Archbishop Lori
7:00 PM Holy Hour for Life
8:00 PM Live-stream of bishop-led holy hours throughout the night  

Friday, January 21: 8:00 AM Closing Mass with Cardinal O’Malley

Live-streaming information for the overnight bishop-led holy hours from various dioceses will be provided on the USCCB’s website.  

The live television broadcasts on January 20 from 5:30-8:00 PM and on January 21 from 8:00-9:00 AM will be provided by the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) and will be available via live-stream on the Basilica’s website. For more information about on-site attendance at the Basilica for the National Prayer Vigil for Life, please visit the information page on the Basilica’s website.  

Media Contacts:

Chieko Noguchi or Miguel Guilarte

202-541-3200   View this release on the USCCB website.  

National Prayer Vigil for Life

Important Update for 2022: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the National Prayer Vigil for Life will have a condensed program but will still be open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Vigil Program will still be televised by EWTN and livestreamed on the Basilica’s webpage so millions can participate remotely. Please see the adjusted 2022 Vigil schedule and visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for additional information.

To see the schedule and access the livestream links for the overnight holy hours during January 20–21, please click;

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“A great prayer for life is urgently needed, a prayer which will rise up throughout the world.” – Pope St. John Paul II

On January 22, the Church in the United States observes the annual “Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children.” You are invited to join Catholics from throughout the diocese in a special Mass for the respect of human life celebrated by Bishop David J. Malloy on Saturday, January 22, at 10:00am at St. Mary Parish, 10307 Dundee Road, Huntley, IL. If unable to attend in person, the Mass for Life will be live streamed on the St. Mary Catholic Church Huntley YouTube channel. It can be viewed live or at a later time.

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Upcoming January Events


Winter Day of Recollection lead by Sister Linda Hatton, sscm: Thursday, January 13th (9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.)


Scams, Schemes, & Swindles: How to Avoid Becoming a Victim lead by Detective Richard Hall, City of Batavia: Thursday, January 20th (9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.)


THE CREED Video Series: lead by Sr. Myra Lambert, sscm, on Wednesday, Jan. 26th, Feb. 23, March 23, April 27th May 25th and June 22nd (6:30 pm to 8:00 pm)

Additional information and registration links can be found on our website at:

If you have any specific requirements or questions about our programming, please email our Director of Spiritual Ministry, Susan L. Amann, MA directly at or by calling her at 708.790.8141. Thank you for supporting our ministry.

ProLifeCorner News

You can be an active Catholic/ Christian citizen by stay Informed on events transpiring around abortion and religious figures. Every voice matters.

The Underground Pope-Pope Pius XII

Larry Plachno has been submitting articles to the Pro-lifeCorner for many years now. His attention to detail and his dogged search for the truth is unmatched.

As many of you are aware the world has misrepresented Pope Pius XII and his papacy for many years. Larry has spent countless hours of research into the article which you are about to read. It is his sincere desire that the papacy of Pius XII be vindicated of years of false accusations.

At the end of the article Larry references some of his sources. He has this to say: “Following are a few books that cover what was going on in Rome and the Vatican during World War II. I will include some notes on each one for those who might find this period interesting and want to acquire one or more books to read more.”

         Pope Pius XII

The Underground Pope

ProLifeCorner-  By Larry Plachno-

Pius XII is one of the best-remembered popes in recent years. Elected pope in 1939, he served for nearly 20 years until his death in 1958, effectively bridging the years from the start of World War II to the Cold War era. In recent times he has been an increasingly popular subject in both religious and secular media, most likely because of efforts to move him along to canonization and sainthood.

His supporters point out that he served as pope in very trying times, having to deal with both World War II as well as the rise of Communism. Some people will mention a few of his other accomplishments including saving many lives during the war, moving away from the Roman dynasty of cardinals and popes plus searching for the burial place of St. Peter.




Supreme Court And Roe v. Wade

Larry Placno has penned an article that gives accurate information about the current case in the Supreme Court.  He’s written an article that explains the current debate about Roe v Wade. Many, if not most, people think if Roe is overturned it will mean an end to abortion in the US.  This is not so.  It will mean that the individual states will have the ruling on whether to permit abortion in their state or not and it may also mean that certain parts of Roe will be altered.

  Larry brings forth many points that will help us understand just what all this means to our nation.  Please take time to read this informative article.

The Supreme Court And Roe v. Wade

ProLifeCorner-  By Larry Plachno

       Anyone watching the news is aware that a critical case regarding abortion came before the United States Supreme Court in early December. While we may not hear a decision until mid-2022, there are reasons to believe that this decision will impact abortion law positively to a greater or lesser extent. Hence, those involved with the pro-life movement should be aware of what is going on and how this might impact abortion regulations in the future.

       Unfortunately, many of the news sources and organizations were biased in one way or another and it became difficult to sort out what was happening from various claims, accusations and pointed comments. For those who are interested, here is some background on the issues, a brief review of the major questions and a look at possible decisions and outcomes.

       Based on what was said, there appear to be three main questions or areas to watch as this develops:




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December 4/5th Bulletin

Dear parishioners;

We are terribly sorry for the inconvenience.

Due to our editor recovering from sickness this past week, there will be no printed bulletins for December 4/5th.

The information normally found in it will be available right here for your enjoyment. Going digital saves trees – and allows you to see full colored versions of our news and events. If you would like to request a physical copy, please feel free to contact Emily in the parish office: (815) 232-8271, Ext. 3. Our hours are Monday-Friday 8:30am to 12:30pm. You may also wish to peruse some of the new pieces in the breezeway while you are here.

Our bulletin will be resumed by Sunday, December 12th. And everything will proceed as normal from there.

Thank you for your support and understanding!

Pray the Novena with Father Barr

We will begin the Novena to the Immaculate Conception on Tuesday, November 30 and will end on December 8, the feast day of the Immaculate Conception.

Tune in to Facebook and My Parish App for daily reminders.

Here is the novena from EWTN: